Get Inspired / Europe / France Celebrate Bastille Day in Real French style Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / France Celebrate Bastille Day in Real French style story by: House of Travel This year take yourself on a journey to France as it revels in Bastille Day - a celebration of the French peoples' victory against King Louis XVI on July 14, 1789. This national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille building itself, which was a prison facility symbolising Louis' power, rule and tyranny. As everyday French revolutionaries fought against this, official forces ended up joining them, leading to a victory against the guards of the Bastille - and so the French Revolution began. Now, this day is celebrated each year and truly encompasses the spirit of all things French. From speeches to parades and fireworks, it's an occasion full of laughter, music, food and song. Want to celebrate Bastille Day for yourself? Here are some ideas to start you off - and you may just find yourself inspired to make the trip to France in time for next year's period of celebrations. Check out the Military Parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees The Military Parade down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris, starting just after 9 a.m. on the day, is one of the most iconic celebrations of the event. The French military will parade down the street to this year's theme of 'Centenary of the First World War'. There will be many important guests in attendance, including the President, Chief of Defence Staff and Military Governor of Paris. Large, patriotic crowds are a given, and you can be sure to catch many French flags flying in the wind and clutched tightly by citizens of all ages. Even if you're not able to see the festivities in person, you can still get swept away in the atmosphere by watching it all unfold in the news. Watch captivating fireworks displays Fireworks will be lighting up the skies across France - and around the world - on July 14. However there's nowhere quite like Paris' display. Check out the magical scene launched from Bassins du Trocadero, with some of the best viewing points including the Champs de Mars and Trocadero. The breathtaking fireworks show, set to the theme of "War and Peace", will begin at 11 p.m. and will last an awe-inspiring 35 minutes. Cheer on the Tour de France This year's world-renowned Tour de France cycling race is now in full swing, so why not make it a part of your Bastille Day festivities? On the day, the Tour de France will be in its 10th stage, which stretches 161.5km. This Mulhouse/La Planche des Belles Filles leg of the tour will involve seven challenging mountain ascents such as the Col des Chevreres. Some sections reach a gruelling 20 per cent gradient, so it's sure to be a great watch. Fireworks will also be a feature of the event to mark Bastille Day in this region of Alsace. This tough leg of the race often reveals clear contenders for the ultimate winner. Savour French flavours It wouldn't be Bastille Day without celebrating with plenty of French food and wine. Choose from a range of French delicacies, such as baguette and brie, onion soup, crepes, foie gras, truffle dishes - there are endless options. Of course, no French inspired meal, particularly on Bastille Day, would be the same without a rich and velvety glass of French red - or even genuine French champagne! Cast yourself to the vineyards and rolling hills of provincial France, whether in the Loire Valley or Basque Country, and imagine reclining in the sun with your favourite beverage in hand, surrounded by stunning scenery. Soak in the sights, sounds and flavours of this sumptuous country, whether you're there or not, and start planning your own Bastille Day-inspired journey. > Check out these HOT Deals to France > Click here to view all cheap flights to the UK and Europe Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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